December 04, 2007

Looking Ahead to December 9, 2007 -- 2nd Sunday of Advent

The Scripture Readings for this week are:
  • Luke 1:26-46
  • Luke 1:47-55 (VU p. 898)

The Hymns this week are:

  • O What a Wonderful Gift (insert)
  • #16 Mary, Woman of the Promise (tune #2)
  • #46 Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
  • It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (insert)

This week's Theme is Christmas is life-changing.

Teasers: What does it feel like to have your life changed? What might Mary have felt through the Christmas story?

This week we look at Mary. We hear her tell her story of the angel's visit. We hear how her life was changed. Because let's face it Christmas changes MAry's life completely.

Then we will take time amongst ourselves to talk about what is life changing in our lives and how we approach change. After all, change is the one constant in our lives.

A common team-building activity is to divide into pairs and study each other. THen one partner turns away and the other changes something about his/her appearance. The challenge then is to see if the partner can identify the change. Interestingly, if the change involves removing something people tend to notice sooner than if the change is adding something or moving something.

We tend to think about change in terms of what we lose. But change can also be an opportunity. What are the lif-changing events in your life? What did you lose and/or gain in those times?

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